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Stories of 32 Coaches Who Helped Lay the Foundation of the Strength & Conditioning Profession


“For the first 100 years of college football, almost every coach told athletes not to lift weights, afraid they would become muscle-bound and lose coordination. We now know that there is no faster way to improve athletic performance than through strength training and conditioning.”, writes Boyd Epley, author of the foreword.


In The Golden Age of Strength & Conditioning, 32 college and professional strength coaches share their autobiographies. These leaders, who helped lay the foundation of the strength and conditioning profession, tell stories of their establishments and growth in athletic performance during the “golden years” of strength and conditioning.


“Overcoming obstacles and adversity is what builds character, strength, and in this case, a profession,” writes University of North Carolina head football coach Mack Brown. “You will be inspired by how these coaches pursued their passion no matter the cost. This book is a must read for anyone in the strength and conditioning profession today, but especially for those just starting out.”


From sharing their start in the profession, to the adversities they had to overcome, and the philosophies and principles that guided their careers, these coaches stories will prove why strength and conditioning is important to almost every athlete in every sport in the world.


“Just the experiences alone in this book should make it mandatory reading for the field of strength and conditioning. I have always placed a great importance on my strength and conditioning staffs to push my players to prepare them for the rigors of practice and games. However, I also relied on them to help me build a mental toughness and a common goal for one cause mentality amongst my players. My strength and conditioning coaches have always been about more than just the sets and reps!” -Dick Vermeil, former head coach for the UCLA Bruins, the Philadelphia Eagles, the St. Louis Rams, and the Kansas City Chiefs


“As an athlete, I know the importance of strength and conditioning. This is a great read about the early years and the development of the strength and conditioning profession. Two of my strength and conditioning coaches are in this book.” -Alonzo Mourning, NBA Hall of Famer


The Golden Age of Strength and Conditioning is available at TheCoreMediaGroup.com and all other book retailers.

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